Tag: 20 years of bioscience

  • Final blog of 2014

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    I can’t believe how quickly our 20th anniversary year has flown by – it seems like only yesterday that we were preparing for the launch last January with so many past and present colleagues in Church Hall, Westminster! During the year we have raised over £5000 for our chosen anniversary charities from fundraising efforts in Swindon Office – and there will hopefully be more to come next year when, injuries permitting, I will finally get to do my half-marathon. It has to be said that trying to find the time to train has not been easy now my knee is better – there is so much going on! […]

  • From New Delhi to Bethnal Green

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    There is only one way to start this week’s blog and that is by thanking everyone involved in putting on the Great British Bioscience Festival in Bethnal Green, East London – as one happy visitor put it "This Bio-science fair ROCKS". The enthusiasm of the scientists running the exhibits, the commitment of the staff involved from BBSRC and the sheer professionalism of it all was wonderful. From swabbing a very life-like chicken’s bottom for bird flu to learning about how bacteria glow in the dark, playing the Camelina Caper and the ‘Beating Badger TB’ interactive games, the standard of the displays was amazing and they were truly geared for all ages. We had over 6,700 visitors in 3 days!! Hopefully we have also convinced adults and children of the importance and wonders of bioscience – check out #GBbioscifest on Twitter to see more. Especially thanks to Patrick Middleton, Becky Kerby and Debbie Shaw from our External Relations team who really went above and beyond to ensure success. […]

  • Engage, inform and inspire – bioscience takes over in East London this weekend

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Regular readers will be very aware that a theme I return to regularly is the absolutely critical need for science to engage with wider society. We work with some of the most exciting and potentially far-reaching areas of research in bioscience. Communicating this excitement, as well as being realistic about the potential of this research, to the public and other stakeholders is important to address both concerns and aspirations for the future. So I am thrilled that one of the highlights of BBSRC’s 20th anniversary year is our Great British Bioscience Festival – taking over Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, East London from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November. […]

  • Recognition and reward

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Over the past few weeks I have been heartened to see how contributions to bioscience can be recognised and celebrated. John O’Keefe received the Nobel Prize for his studies on place recognition and neural mapping of the position in rodents at the beginning of October. BBSRC has funded this work over the years and I remember teaching some of the results from the early studies when I was an Open University tutor! […]

  • Inspirational women and inspiring Scottish science

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    I was very privileged to be one of 450 women invited to attend the 60th Women of the Year 2014 lunch. It was a humbling experience to be in the same room with so many successful, interesting and courageous women. The awards went to women who have made a real difference to people’s lives – from defending human rights in Zimbabwe (Beatrice Mtetwa) to rising above very difficult personal circumstances to help others cope with poverty (Jack Munroe). All of the award winners and the other nominees had an inspiring story to tell. The Women of the Year Foundation was started in 2001 and supports a number of disadvantaged women both in the UK and abroad to start over and improve their lives either through retraining or in business, thereby realising their true potential – the web page accepts donations should you wish to donate! […]